Alternate Route to Certification for Teachers of English Learners

Earn a Bilingual and/or TESOL Cross-Endorsement While You Continue to Teach!

We are not currently accepting applications for our statewide cohorts. We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-21 program year beginning March 30, 2020. Add your name to our contact list to receive emails when new information is available.


ARCTEL is an advanced educator preparation program approved by the CT State Board of Education. It was developed by ACES in response to the statewide shortage of qualified, certified PK-12 teachers in the areas of Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in CT. 

Teachers who complete the program of study, as well as CT standardized testing requirements, will earn cross-endorsement #111, TESOL PK-12. Participants may also be eligible to earn a bilingual education cross-endorsement in their content area. In addition, all certified teachers who earn cross-endorsement #111 through the ARCTEL program are eligible for CT adult education endorsement #088, English to Non-English Speaking Adults.

In order to provide a high quality and accessible instructional experience for all learners, ARCTEL is offered as a blended learning program (face-to-face and online sessions). Participants must attend all face-to-face sessions and engage fully as professionals in online session content.


To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Hold a valid CT teaching certificate
  • Be employed by a CT PreK-12 school or school district during the program of study